ESBs: Taste Great, Less Filling
Analysis: eWEEK Labs puts to the test commercial offerings of Enterprise Service Bus.Who doesnt like a good ESB? Cask-conditioned, served at cellar temperature with a nice foamy head. But thats enough about my preferred ESBnamely, the classic English pub ale known as Extra Special Bitter. Of course, in the technology and SOA (service-oriented architecture) world, ESB means something completely different: Enterprise Service Bus. And this particular combination of three letters has caused even more confusion than its sibling acronym, SOA.
Pretty much every vendor involved with integration, Web services and development has tried to position itself as having an ESB solution. ("See, you just take our database, plus this IDE, add some messaging stuff, tweak this sample code, and tie it together with duct tape and Elmers glue and, voilà, an ESB!")